More Local, Less Plastic

December 27, 2008 at 10:56 am

In today’s Chicago Tribune, Trine Tsouderos writes about her family’s attempt to live plastic-free for one week. In her research, she uncovered a noteworthy fact while talking to Katrina Davidson, local eater and author of the blog Kale for Sale:

I talk to Katrina Davidson, who keeps a blog called Kale For Sale. She lives outside San Francisco and accidentally became plastic-free when she started eating local.

“It’s about not going to the grocery store,” she say. “At the grocery store, everything is packaged.”

Davidson goes to the farmers’ market and brings her own containers. After doing this for a while, she realized she wasn’t creating much plastic garbage.

The interesting word here for me is “accidentally”. An unexpected bi-product of focusing your diet on locally-grown foods is a reduced amount of wasteful plastic packaging.

There are a number of ways to reduce plastic use if you shop in chain grocery stores (reusable bags, fewer produce bags, “shop the perimeter”). Once you start focusing your shopping on farmer’s markets or join a CSA, you’ll find yourself with much less packaging waste.